What do these pictures have in common?

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They are both historic Christian buildings needing protection from armed guards. Quote.

ISIS claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and injured more than 500, but did not immediately offer proof for its claim, the AP reports.

Sri Lankan officials said earlier that they believed the attacks were a retaliation against the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand in March, which killed 50 and injured 42.? End of quote.

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Islamic terrorism is a war machine targeting anything in its way, specifically other religions. quote.

ISIS fanatics have posted a chilling message bidding ?au revoir? to Notre Dame after the historic cathedral was ravaged by a devastating fire.

A poster created by an ISIS affiliated propaganda wing shows the cathedral engulfed by flames with the words ?have a good day? and describes the inferno as ?retribution and punishment?. According to the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, the Al-Muntasir group created the poster, which reads: ?Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism.? End of quote.

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This is the world we live in, a world under attack. When Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from Syria we celebrated the defeat of ISIS but forgot that they and other Islamic terror groups are very active in other countries.

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Islamic terrorism has been creeping steadily down the African continent, and Nigeria is arguably worst hit by Boko Haram. Quote.

Genocide Watch considers Nigeria at Stage 9: Extermination.

Boko Haram?s current violence includes mass abductions, suicide bombings, and mass killing of school children, Christians, and Government officials. Genocide Watch recommends:

– Local civil society organizations, the AU, and the UN Security Council should collaborate to decide when conflict zones are ?safe? for the return of displaced persons.

– The Nigerian government should facilitate the return of displaced persons to their homes to reclaim their rightful property.

– To promote transitional justice, UNICEF should continue its efforts to reconcile and reintegrate child soldiers into their respective communities.

– The UN Security Council should take a more active role to deter Boko Haram’s violence and should refer its leaders to the ICC for prosection.” End of quote.

Genocide Watch

Good luck with that because the UN Security Council is part of the problem.

In contrast, Tanzania has withstood the spread of Islamic terrorism due to the concerted efforts of its President John Pombe Magufuli to ensure that Christians and Muslims can peacefully coexist. Quote.

In 2017, Tanzania experienced a series of suspected terrorist attacks in the coastal region of Pwani, primarily on police and low-level ruling party officials. Tanzanian security services led the counter terrorism response, mainly through an increased presence in affected areas and a broad exercise of police power. The police’s heavy-handed approach in Pwani may have helped deter further attacks in the region in 2017.? End of quote.

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President Magufuli is nicknamed “The Bulldozer.”

Just days after taking office in late 2015, coupled with firing a number of government bigwigs in his anti-corruption crusade he cancelled the symbolic independence day fete and directed all the funds budgeted for the event to be used to widen a part of a highway notorious for gridlocks in the main city of Dar es Salaam. Quote.

Africans on Twitter loved all of it – the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? saw other African presidents either being mocked or called into action to emulate the no-nonsense Tanzanian leader.? End of quote.

Opinion about Magufuli is divided and similar to Trump, his leadership style does not appeal to all.

He has also cracked down on corruption, banned foreign travel for public servants and this year forbade public hospitals from televising entertainment programmes – they were told to show only health-related content.

Love him or hate him, he keeps his people safe and promotes tolerance regardless of religion. A 2014 Pew Research Centre survey said Tanzania was 61% Christian, 35% Muslim 2% traditional religion and 1% unaffiliated.

The difference between countries struggling with the march of Islamic terrorism and those who have resisted it is strong courageous leadership.

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